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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I slipped up one day. I had not eaten much and I had exercised a lot. I had about 800 calories for the day (very rarely do I go underneath 1200) and I felt good. Not at all hungry. Then, with the rapidity of a car crash, I was in the kitchen cramming crackers into my maw.

I still ended up under 1200 calories for the day, but the calories were not all of the best quality. And the moment of irrational cramming in to the maw: one of the things that terrifies me most about myself is this kind of behavior.

So today I played it safe and did not try to play chicken with the food tracker!

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    Your body was making it quite clear that it needed more calories! I like the idea of the cheese with the crackers. And if they are whole grain crackers of a healthier variety, they might not be too very bad. Not as good as a handful of veggies, but still.
    3019 days ago
    Yesterday I did almost exactly the same thing - but I went waaaaay over my calorie limit. It shocked me. Today the cravings for carbs is almost irrestistible. All day is a fight with myself. Jeesh!

    As many have mentioned - it's a learning experience. Get up and go on! emoticon
    3020 days ago
    Great blog!
    Good advice.
    Lesson learned.

    Keep up the good work....

    3020 days ago
    I can relate to the crackers. Those and chips are often face stuffers for me. Some things I can eat right, other I can't and these fall into the latter category.
    3020 days ago
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    I had one of those days too. Yesterday I "drank" supper 1.5 Litres of skim milk with 3 oz. creme de mint! I don't usually drink alcohol, so 3 oz really hit me! My calories were waaaay over and nutritionally is was horrible.
    This morning, I'm back to 0% yogurt and shredded wheat.
    When you have an "Oops day" just get right back at it and don't look back. emoticon
    3020 days ago
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    Hang in there! You've learned something valuable about yourself. So that counts as a big win! emoticon

    I find that if I keep my calorie level too low (and for me that can be too close to the lower end of my healthy calorie range) for too many days in a row, I have a greater tendency to go off the rails. So I make an attempt to keep my daily calories in the middle of the range. And on days when I do more exercise, I up the calories to the upper end of the range.

    Remember that old TV commercial ... It's not nice to fool Mother Nature! Your body knows what it needs and it will do whatever it needs to to get your attention. emoticon
    3020 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/6/2013 9:26:23 AM
    In an earlier blog you mentioned that not eating enough early in the day can be a trigger to late night eating. I guess you have proved that here (and proved that like the rest of us you aren't perfect!) As one who has suffered from blood sugar drops in the past I understand perfectly - once your blood sugar gets low, your instincts tell you to do just what you did - cram in food! Of course the problem with crackers is carbs which can set you up for another crash. So maybe if this happens again have some cheese or peanut butter with those crackers? I know for me that would slow down the urge? emoticon
    3021 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/6/2013 6:17:30 AM
  • BOPPY_
    I like this blog issue.

    WRT habits, I made a suggestion that SP adds an agenda function for each user.

    What I didn't say is it might look a lot like the Other Goals page, with a lot better control of:

    - organization (order, and outline format)
    - links to blogs, comments, messages, counts and friends that would indicate actions that fulfilled the goal)
    - temporary one or two week goals

    Your goal list convinced me I might be onto something.

    Good progress, despite your misgivings. Keep pushing.

    Lee emoticon
    3021 days ago
    you're working at it, you'll be fine
    3021 days ago
    emoticon for staying within your calorie range and well done for using the tracker. emoticon
    3021 days ago
  • POPSY190
    I love the phrase about playing chicken with the food tracker! At least you didn't go too overboard - there are worse things than crackers!
    3021 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    Oh, yeah... When I was in a stricter calorie restriction phase, I got to the point where I was eating only enough to get me from one meal or snack to the next. If I was a little late, I'd have a blood sugar crash, followed by the urge to eat as much as possible....

    Problem with those crashes was that they didn't register as hunger. So I didn't know it was going to happen until suddenly I felt awful. One thing to look for--I found that my mood would plummet before the need to eat would start. Another clue was the "whatever" feeling. DH: "Do you want to eat now or should we wait a bit?" Me: "Whatever." DH: "Oh. We're eating 10 minutes ago..."

    Now I eat more calories overall (I'm basically in maintenance), and I don't get those crashes. I'm not sure if there's something different about what I'm eating--maybe a little more fat with each meal? Wish I could tell you exactly what it was that let me start registering hunger in time to prevent the crash....
    3021 days ago
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    You sound like you're not doing too badly.

    Me? Eh. Not good with my calories, but doing GREAT with my workouts. watching my calories intake is a new thing for me as I always followed a carb diet plan in the past and focused more on carbs less on cals.

    I'm working it.

    Good luck with your fitness goals.
    3021 days ago
    but you stayed within your calories! when I have what I call "the eats" - stuffing all sorts of things I don't even really love in to my mouth - then it is not just the sodium/fat/carbs that go off the chart..... Did it yesterday when I was on a deadline. I work from home with the fridge around every time I of course need to get up from my computer to deal with the stress of trying to write coherent eloquent reports. And just mindlessly kept breaking off one little piece of bread and squeezing mayo on it... then another.... wasn't sure by the end how many slices I should actually track! But forgave myself...so that I would not eat more out of guilt!
    3021 days ago
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    Oh if only we could get a handle on that 'car crash' moment! You are right - it is terrifying! I too go from feeling on top of things, really sailing along, to suddenly un-doing all my hard work with some unplanned and unhealthy and unintended and almost unconscious cramming of food into myself. It happens so fast; then it's past, the damage is done, & I am reeling with the bad results, with no clue of how everything fell apart so quick.
    3021 days ago
    It is amazing to lose control but still be able to stay in a good amount of calories – congratulations! emoticon
    3021 days ago
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